Tunisia had requested the extradition of the terrorist who killed two people in Brussels, but the Belgian Justice did not process the request
The Belgian Minister of Justice, Vincent Van Quickenborne, resigns due to an error that prevented the extradition of the Tunisian terrorist who murdered two Swedes in Brussels on October 16.
Vincent Van Quickenborne resigned from his position after being informed that Tunisia had requested the extradition of the perpetrator of the attack in August 2022 and that this was not processed.
“Although this is the work of an individual and independent judge, I want to take responsibility for this unacceptable mistake by my political leaders. I am not looking for any pretext at all. I am not looking for excuses. I believe it is my duty to do this,” Quickenborne declared. visibly excited and affected.
“I would like to sincerely apologize on behalf of Justice to the victims and their loved ones. I would also like to apologize on behalf of Justice to the Swedish people and our fellow Belgian citizens,” he added.
For his part, the Brussels prosecutor alluded to a “regrettable combination of circumstances.”
The perpetrator of the attack, Abdesalam Lassoued, had been residing illegally in Belgium since October 2022 when his asylum request was denied. He had previously resided in Sweden, where he was imprisoned.
Abdesalam Lassoued opened fire last Monday in a central street in Brussels against three supporters of the Swedish soccer team, two of whom died and a third was seriously injured when they were shot with a large-caliber weapon.
His case has prompted the European Commission to ask the Twenty-seven to be more efficient in returning migrants who do not have the right to asylum to their countries of origin.